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What You Should Know About Depression.

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Everyone occasionally feels sad. But most of those feelings are related to a trigger and pass within a couple of days but when u have depression it interfers with your daily life, it affects your life and affects the lives of other around you. 

What is depression and what are the symptoms?

Severe symptoms that interfere with your ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy life, lasting longer than 2 weeks, is something you need to be concerned about.

Symptoms of depression include:

  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, or hopelessness. 
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities, including sex. 
  • Difficulty concentrating and complaints of poor memory. 
  • Insomnia or oversleeping. 
  • Appetite changes, which may include weight gain or loss. 
  • Fatigue, lack of energy. 
  • Thoughts of suicide or death. 
  • Slow speech; slow movements.
  • Sleep disturbances.

Why does it happen? Is it my fault I am depressed?

Most likely not. Lot of factors like Genes, Stress, and neurohormones are most likely the cause of depression.

Factors causing and affecting depression include:

  • Genetic factors- many studies have shown its familial. Family, twin, and adoption studies provide very solid and consistent evidence that MDD is a familial disorder and that this familiality is mostly or entirely due to genetic factors.
  • Stress – ongoing or recent stress due to interpersonal adversities, including childhood sexual abuse, other lifetime trauma, low social support, marital problems, and divorce.
  • Cortisol – some subjects with MDD do show abnormalities of that axis of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.
  • Serotonin and GABA – the neurohormones implicated are serotonin and GABA. Reduced central serotonin and GABA both have been associated with mood congruent memory bias, altered reward-related behaviors, and disruption of inhibitory affective processing.

 

If you have any questions anytime about depression, depression care, need help or advise, please feel free to call me.

Tapasya Srivastava, MD, MPH

Phone: 978-794-2112

Pentucket Medical – North Andover

Other resources available for you are:

Counseling Associates of Dracut and Methuen

Phone: 978-683-0133

 Arbour Haverhill

Phone: 978-373-7010

Emily Bergeron, MA, LMHC – Therapist

Located in Pentucket Medical, Haverhill

Phone: 978-794-5401

Caught You Caring! North Andover Team Comes to Aid of Family in Need

Our Medical Assistants, who are the first to greet patients as they enter the clinical area, are great listeners who often hear the “story behind the story.”

A great example of this occurred last fall at our North Andover office, when a patient of Dr. Tatiana Scott’s came in on an unscheduled visit.

The man told Medical Assistant Yomaira Diaz-Alvarado that he needed new prescriptions, because his medications had been destroyed. The reason? A house fire, that had taken not only his medical supplies, but most of his family’s belongings as well. Yomaira immediately notified Dr. Scott, who reissued the prescriptions. And that same day, as word spread of the family’s plight, a plan began to take shape among the staff to help with the family’s larger problems.

Aware that a school supply drive was under way throughout the practice, our North Andover team contacted Human Resources and requested that their donations be used to supply the hurting family’s three children with things they would need for the school year. HR quickly said yes, and the  staff made a list of everything that was needed for the children, two boys and a girl, ages nine to thirteen.

After the items were purchased, there was some difficulty immediately contacting the family, but the father soon returned for an appointment. He was surprised and very grateful, says Site Manager Alicia Harvey, when presented with reams of paper, high-end calculators, back packs, pens, and coloring supplies.

In recognizing the thoughtfulness of the North Andover staffers at our recent Awards Night, Pentucket CEO John Sarro applauded their empathy and generosity.

“This is what makes our practice different,” he said. “This is the Pentucket Way.”